Back On The Big Screen
This summer you can see some classic movies as the filmmakers intended, sat amongst the audience watching them on a cinema screen.
The Graduate (Studiocanal)
A complete sensation on its original release in 1967, “The Graduate” was a one-of-a-kind cinematic portrait of America which captured the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California. It earned Mike Nichols a Best Director Oscar, introduced the music of Simon & Garfunkel to a wider audience and featured one of the most famous seductions in movie history and a truly iconic final scene. THE GRADUATE also introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman, perfectly cast as the jaw-droppingly naïve Benjamin. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and is already lost in a sea of confusion as he wonders what to do with his life. He returns to his parents’ luxurious Beverly Hills home, where he idles away the summer floating in the pool and brooding in silence. He is rescued from the boredom when he is seduced into a clandestine affair with a middle-aged married friend of his parents, Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). That liaison is soon complicated by Benjamin’s infatuation with her college-age daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
See it in cinemas from June 23rd
Tree Of Wooden Clogs (Arrow)
A painterly and sensual immersion in late nineteenth-century Italian farm life, Ermanno Olmi’s “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated estate in the province of Bergamo. Filming on an abandoned farm for four months, Olmi adapted neorealist techniques to tell his story, enlisting local people to live as their own ancestors had, speaking in their native dialect on locations with which they were intimately familiar. Through the cycle of seasons, of backbreaking labor, love and marriage, birth and death, faith and superstition, Olmi naturalistically evokes an existence very close to nature, celebrating its beauty, humor, and simplicity but also acknowledging the feudal cruelty that governs it. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1978, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is intimate in scale but epic in scope—a towering, heart-stirring work of humanist filmmaking.
See it in cinemas from July 7th
Victim (Park Circus)
1960s Soho - a world of shadowy blackmail; a place where gossip spreads through whispered conversations and meaningful glances in crowded bars, and compromising photographs circulate in anonymous envelopes. Enter Melville Farr: a successful barrister who is drawn into a murder enquiry involving a former acquaintance and who refuses to meekly accept the LGBT community's pact of silence and role as victim. Dirk Bogarde shed his matinee idol image in taking on the role of Farr, a bold move from the actor that would prompt a second life as a performer in challenging, subversive roles.
See it in cinemas from July 21st
Howards End (BFI)
Oscar-winning Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel. In 1910, Helen (Helena Bonham-Carter) and Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson) live in London with their brother, but the lease on their flat is about to expire. Margaret has recently befriended the ailing Mrs Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), who decides to bequeath her house, Howards End, to her. However, upon Mrs Wilcox' death her family close ranks, refusing to inform Margaret of her inheritance. When the widowed Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) begins to take a romantic interest in Margaret, the ensuing relationship leads to tragedy.
See it in cinemas from July 28th
Prick Up Your Ears (Park Circus)
Joe Orton was a true English eccentric: a controversial playwright and provocateur who rose from working class Leicester lad to the toast of swinging 60s London - not forgetting a brief pitstop in prison - before his promising future was cut short at the hands of his long-term partner, Kenneth Halliwell. In Prick Up Your Ears, Gary Oldman oozes charm as Orton; delivering catty one-liners and scandalous sexual barbs with a cheshire cat grin whilst capturing the tragedy of an artist lost in their prime. More than capable support comes from an all-star British cast that includes Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters.
See it in cinemas from Aug 4th
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Studiocanal)
It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor's ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he's still a child. Sarah and John don't have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.
See it in cinemas from Aug 25th